Friends In Village Development Bangladesh (FIVDB) is a non-government organisation. FIVDB has been working for the development of the disadvantaged people since its inception in 1981. The organisation was constituted in 1979 by a group of social workers then working with the International Voluntary Services (IVS). It is registered under the Societies Registration Act of 1860. FIVDB is also registered under the Foreign Donation/Voluntary Activities Regulation Act/Ordinance of 1978. The organisation's programme is affiliated with the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives.
The organisation is governed by a 21 member General Committee. This General Committee elects a seven member Executive Board in every three year. The General and Executive bodies formulate the broader policy and guidelines governing the organisation. The organisation's programmes are developed � within the context set by the apex body � and day to day implementation management of the programmes is executed by a management structure and operational teams.
The organisation's perspective in carrying out its development assistance is outlined below �
A vibrant society based on justice, equity, democracy and environmentally sound principles.
To give disadvantaged women, men and children greater voice, reduce their vulnerability, increase use of citizenship rights and help them enhance their quality of life. To that end, FIVDB pursues educational, economic development and social-organisation approaches. It works to strengthen social protection and safety networks and participates in national and international outreach and advocacy. FIVDB works in collaboration with communities, civil society, government and the private sector.
FIVDB combines grass-roots service delivery, community mobilisation and advocacy in its strategy.
FIVDB programme portfolio has evolved over the last 27 years. At present the core activities include non-formal adult education and life long learning, livelihood enhancement, financial services and primary education. In addition to its core activities FIVDB is involved in vulnerable group development, juvenile justice, early childhood development, local governance improvement, community health and sanitation.
National Outreach of FIVDB works as a support organisation in partnership with other development actors and organisations. The areas include non-formal education and functional literacy, primary education, training and technical assistance to reach out to thousands of clientele in the country.
Policy Lobby and Advocacy
FIVDB carries out networking, lobbying and advocacy at the local, national and international level, in order to ensure a shift in macro and micro level policies and practices in favour of the disadvantaged people. FIVDB is member of Civic Networks and NGO Coalitions such as Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), CAMPE, Global Campaign on Education for All, International Council for Adult Education (ICAE), Association for Land Reform and Development (ALRD) and Federation of NGOs in Bangladesh (FNB). FIVDB carries out thematic advocacy mainly through these bodies.